BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Israeli warplanes repeatedly bombed Beirut's southern suburbs and pounded other areas of Lebanon Monday, killing at least 15 people. Fierce fighting between Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah guerrillas in south Lebanon killed one soldier, the army said. The new strikes and ground battles came hours before Arab League foreign ministers were to meet in Beirut for a hastily convened session to show solidarity with Lebanon. Both sides appeared to take advantage of the days before a cease-fire resolution, formulated by the U.S. and France, is put to a vote in the U.N. Security Council. Hezbollah rocket launched its deadliest rocket barrage on Israel Sunday, killing 12 Israeli soldiers and three civilians. Israeli warplanes began carrying out a series of air raids on southern Lebanon early Monday. Seven people were killed when a missile hit a house in Qassmieh on the coast north of the port city of Tyre, a civil defense official said. A woman and her daughter were killed in an attack near a Lebanese army checkpoint between the villages of Harouf and Dweir, security officials said. Four other people were killed in a raid that destroyed a house in Kfar Tebnit. Air raids on the town of Ghaziyeh also destroyed several buildings, killing at least one person and wounding 14, hospital officials said. A building collapsed on its residents in the village of Ghassaniyeh, and at least one body was retrieved from under the rubble. Witnesses and civil defense workers at the scene said six more people were buried under the rubble but that could not be confirmed. Five air raids struck the market town of Nabatiyeh, targeting two office buildings, a house and one of the offices of Shiite Muslim Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. No casualties were reported there or in raids on the villages of Jibsheet and Toul. Attacks also were carried out in Naqoura on the border and Ras al-Biyada, about half way between Naqoura and Tyre. The air raids, which were particularly intense in the Hezbollah-controlled southern suburbs of the capital, came hours before Arab foreign ministers were to fly into Beirut to show their support for the Lebanese people as cease-fire negotiations continue. The U.N. plan would call for an immediate halt in the fighting, followed by a second resolution in a week or two that would authorize an international military force and creation of a buffer zone in south Lebanon. It also says the two Israeli soldiers held by Hezbollah should be released unconditionally. The soldiers' capture July 12 triggered the war. Washington and Paris were expected to circulate a new draft of the first resolution at the United Nations Monday, taking into account some of the amendments proposed by Qatar, the only Arab nation on the Security Council, and other members, diplomats said. Israel's Justice Minister Haim Ramon the U.S.-French draft was good for Israel -- but the country still had military goals and would continue its attacks on Hezbollah. While Hezbollah has not issued an outright rejection of the plan, its two main allies -- Syria and Iran -- said it was without merit because it did not call for an immediate Israeli withdrawal, among other demands. Lebanon's parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, also said the plan was unacceptable because it does not deal with Beirut's other key demands -- a release of prisoners held by Israel and moves to resolve a dispute over a piece of border territory.



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